29 May 2016

10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe

I've been having fun trying out new wrap styles with different shapes and sizes of scarves, but my go-to favorite is the giant square scarf.  It's super easy to turn into a vintage style wrap, and they're often made of light, breezy materials that are perfect for the warmer weather we're now experiencing in the Northern Hemisphere.

But let's move beyond the easy-to-find floral vintage ones and find some statement scarves, shall we?  Modern square scarves are in great condition, and you don't need to worry about them as much as you may vintage ones, especially the silk ones.  I also consider them special pieces that I, personally, would spend more money on than the vintage florals I typically thrift.  The vintage scarves we thrift now were once pricier, and I'd love to add unique, quality scarves to my collection that will last as long as those have!

Here are ten of my favorite modern square scarves that would be fantastic additions to a vintage look:

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe - J. Okuma

Plateau Florals Limited Edition Silk Scarf
J. Okuma - $200

Now, kids, this is what we call "wearable art," and it deserves the higher price tag.  The scarf is a print of beaded pieces made by the artist.  It's 100% silk satin and has the hand-rolled hems that we vintage lovers adore!

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe

Silk Tea Time Scarf
Smithsonian Museum Store - $40

Hello!  It's a TEA scarf!  Need I say much more?!  This 100% silk scarf has tea pots, flowers, and tea bags surrounding a Roman numeral clock with a definite vintage vibe.  I don't know about you, but I definitely love tea enough to wear it as an accessory.

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe - David Sloan, Beyond Buckskin
Diné Bizaad (Navajo Language) Colors Bandana
Beyond Buckskin - $15

This 20"x20" bandana features street art from Navajo artist David Sloan.  It has doodle-type drawings paired with corresponding Navajo words.  It's 100% cotton, comes in a lot of colors, and can add a fun edge to vintage looks.  (Can't you just see it tied Rosie style with overalls?!)

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe

Dehn Spring in Central Park Scarf
The Met Store - $55

It doesn't get better than this!  This silk crepe de chine scarf is a print of a 1941 watercolor by artist Adolf Dehn. It features iconic New York architecture and ladies in fantastic hats going for a stroll in Central Park.

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe - J. Okuma

Feathered Limited Edition Silk Scarf
J. Okuma - $200

This is another gorgeous wearable art piece.  Featuring eagle and flicker feathers surrounding a beaded motif, this 100% silk satin scarf would be an amazing, culturally-sensitive accessory that would go perfectly with vintage Western looks.  There are ways to wear feathered head coverings and support the Native community, and this is it!

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe - National Women's History Museum

NWHM Scarf
National Women's History Museum - $100

I include this scarf not as much for its aesthetic appeal (though some people like orange) as much as for the opportunity to be a part of something awesome. With a $100 donation to the creation of the National Women's History Museum, you'd be a part of establishing the first women's museum in any nation's capital. It's time our story was told, right ladies?!

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe - Shandra Smith

Shandra Smith Designer Scarf
Shandra Smith - $64

Smith offers several 36"x36" scarves in her shop, and her painterly style uses bold, bright colors in unique designs. This one was one of my favorites, and you have the option of choosing which fabric it is printed on.  Think of how many outfits this bright scarf could coordinate with!

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe - Hermes Ardmore

La Marche du Zambèze Scarf
Hermes - $395

Okay, so with a price tag like that, this one is mostly for drooling over and staring at online.  However, I thought it was especially awesome because it's part of a line of scarves formed out of a collaboration between Hermes and a South African art collective called Ardmore. The artists reinvent traditional styles, and scarves like this are the result! Pretty cool, huh? 

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe - Traveler's Eye Smithsonian

Traveler's Eye Silk Scarf
Smithsonian Museum Store - $60

This awesome print is made of vintage postcards included in The Traveler's Eye: Scenes from Asia exhibit.  It has handwriting, stamps, postage marks, and hand-tinted scenes found on the old postcards in the collection.  It's 100% silk and comes with a museum provenance card!

Flashback Summer: 10 New Scarves to Add to Your Wardrobe - B. Yellowtail

Women Warrior Ledger Scarf
B. Yellowtail - $145

This scarf commemorates a Shoshone warbonnet dance, the only time when females don the traditional warbonnet in Plains cultures. The print is a collaboration with Native artist John Pepion and honors the young leaders of their indigenous nations. It's 100% chiffon and is made in the U.S.A.!

So which one is your favorite?  If money were no object, which would you pick?  Do you have any other favorite modern scarf sources?

I have not been compensated for including any of these scarves.  I just thought they were awesome and wanted you to see!

24 May 2016

C-Street Car Show for the Kilties

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Yesterday I stumbled upon the Car Show for the Kilties here in Springfield.  My friend and I were stopping at Springfield's one vintage store (Decades on Commercial Street), and the whole area was blocked off for a car show and the weekly city market!  Springfield doesn't have many vintage events at all... except for classic car shows!  We dominate those, and there are quite a lot of them throughout the year here.

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

This car show was a fundraiser for the Kilties, a girls' drum and bugle corps at my alma mater, Central High School.  The Kilties were started at Central in 1926, and I always thought they were pretty awesome.  I was glad to help out the group!

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

I grabbed Jacob and we came back later to take it all in.  My dad's side of the family is very into classic car restoration, so I've been going to car shows my whole life.  However, the extent of my knowledge is pretty much being able to determine the decade a car is from and admiring the shiny chrome. 

When I go to car shows, I always pick out my favorite car that I would buy if money and practicality were no object.  So let's have a virtual car show!  Which one would you pick?

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

Flashback Summer: C-Street Car Show for the Kilties 2016

So what's your favorite car?  Which one would you like to own?

22 May 2016

Little Debbie Picnic Outfit

Flashback Summer: Little Debbie Vintage Summer Picnic Outfit

Flashback Summer: Little Debbie Vintage Summer Picnic Outfit

Flashback Summer: Little Debbie Vintage Summer Picnic Outfit

For Mother's Day, my mother and I happened to be together!  Since she lives overseas, this  is a rare occurrence.  Our family took the opportunity to go on a picnic together and break out the picnic set Jacob and I got as a wedding present and have never used.

Flashback Summer: Little Debbie Vintage Summer Picnic Outfit

Flashback Summer: Little Debbie Vintage Summer Picnic Outfit

I threw on some comfy, light summer clothing: late 1930s/early 40s shorts, a white cotton blouse, and a giant straw hat I recently found in a flea market.  I'm not sure how old it is, but a straw hat is a pretty timeless piece.

Flashback Summer: Little Debbie Vintage Summer Picnic Outfit

My mother said I looked like the Little Debbie snack cakes girl:
Flashback Summer: Little Debbie Vintage Summer Picnic Outfit

I kind of do, haha!

Flashback Summer: Little Debbie Vintage Summer Picnic Outfit

Outfit Details
shorts: OLL
blouse: made by me, Simplicity 4762
shoes: OLL
hat: flea market in Alton, IL